Harrison has released Mixbus32C version 5, bringing some workflow enhancements to its distinctly analog-sounding DAW. Here’s more on the most important new additions:
- Mixer Store / Recall: The DAW now lets you save mixer settings as presets to a file for easy recall without touching your edits. Settings for the entire mix can be copied from one section to another, or to a different session.
- Track Organizer: All your tracks are shown within a single dialog that lets you rename, group, and color them via pulldown menus.
- Reset Mixer: Reset all mixer settings of choice so you can begin mixing from a blank slate.
- Plug-in Tags: Tag your plug-ins for easy search. Mixbus32C v5 comes with over 3,000 plug-ins pre-tagged so the work is pretty much done for many of you.
- Snap+Grid Editing Improvements: You can now snap to multiple targets simultaneously while setting the grid separately.
Good stuff all-around! Existing customers have already received upgrade offers over e-mail, with the fixed upgrade price of USD 79 including a free copy of the LegacyQ plug-in. In the meantime, Harrison is at work on updating the regular Mixbus to version 5, but a release date has not been set.
It must be a little tough for Harrison to compete with the vast choice of analog-sounding plug-ins on the market. However, Mixbus32C is fairly unique in that the analog console is integrated into the DAW itself, emulating the exact workflow and sound quality of a Harrison mixing console while presenting modern DAW flexibility. It’s an appealing alternative for getting an analogue sound “in the box”, for example by letting you track and produce in your favourite DAW of choice then import the stems into Mixbus 32C for summing and final mixdown. Of course, you can also use Mixbus 32C to handle all recording and VST hosting duties as well, but the analogue-inspired interface may take some getting used to if you’re used to purely digital workflows.
More information about Harrison Mixbus 32C can be found here.